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Obeying the scriptural mandate to give honor where honor is due, we give special
recognition in March to our namesake, William Jennings Bryan, as we celebrate his 149th
birthday! We owe so much to this giant in the faith who embodied what we desire of our
students. Our mission is to encourage among our students vocational excellence coupled with a
fervent desire to use their calling to live out Jesus Christ in a culture that increasingly does not
I know you will rejoice with me as you read in this edition of Bryan Life the influence and
accomplishments of our students across the vocational spectrum — from state music honors to
public policy discussions in Washington, D.C., to embracing the challenge of the genocide in
Sudan. Our God continues to provide outstanding opportunities for our students as we launch
the new Center for Law and Public Policy and celebrate groundbreaking for our new entrance
and road to campus.
On a beautiful February 6, a new chapter was initiated in the 79th year of Bryan's history. The
long-awaited groundbreaking near U.S. Route 27 became a reality and launched Bryan toward an
exciting new era. The entrance and roadway are crucial elements for our realizing the plans for
Vision 2020, our master plan for Bryan in the next decade.
All of the new programs and facilities that are necessary for Bryan to thrive in 2020, to more
effectively live out our mission, and to expand our influence as a leader in Christian higher
education are now becoming a reality. In addition to enhanced access and visibility for the
campus, the new entrance provides opportunities for a new theatre, a physical home for the five
Centers of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice, a new athletic complex, a new
administration building, and other facilities that will enable us to serve 1,200 students on campus
by the year 2020.
During a time of recession and disheartening economic news, isn't it just like our God to
demonstrate His power and sovereignty to move His work forward? It is to Him that we give
all the glory, for only He could have opened this new chapter in our future during times such
as these. Even as the measure and stature of that great Christian statesman and our namesake,
William Jennings Bryan, continues to grow in the life of our college, even more so we marvel at
the goodness of our great God as He fulfills the plans He has for all of us.
I hope you will plan to return to campus soon and see what God is doing in the lives of our
students — followers of Christ learning to live out the gospel wherever God leads them with an
active and authentic faith.
Stephen D. Livesay
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More than 100 years after
William Jennings Bryan
pointed out the critical
importance of moral values to
education, the college named in his
memory is firmly committed to that
Historically, the concept of a
''noble purpose'' — one could say
"Christian education" — was not
unusual. But today, only a small
percentage of the 3,500 colleges and
universities in the United States even
claim to be Christian. Bryan College
is among the few that intentionally
challenge students to live their
faith in every aspect of their lives,
including their academic disciplines.
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D.
Livesay said, "The greatest challenge
I see in Christian higher education is
that many have adopted the concept of
educating the mind, leaving a Christian
worldview relegated to the 'spiritual'
realm. Bryan is distinctive in that we
believe true education is more than just
expanding our base of knowledge; that
education involves the whole person."
Guests to campus often notice this.
When Robert Walker, producer of a
documentary on genocide in Sudan,
visited Bryan in February, he told
President Livesay, "There are only a
couple of schools like Bryan; you have
a heart for people and are faithful to
the Scriptures. You're not trying to be
just an educational institution."
In his visit, Mr. Walker caught a
glimpse of Bryan's commitment to
education which touches the mind,
heart, soul, and strength of students.
I want our students to have
a life of fulfillment, of
adventure, ofi^ur^ose, where
God takes a life m a direction
This is a goal proclaimed by the
president, embraced by the faculty,
and lived out through the Spiritual
Formation department in the Office of
"I want our students to have a life of
fulfillment, of adventure, of purpose,
where God takes a life in a direction He
knows," Dr. Livesay said. "That only
comes from a heart transformed and
given to God. We can educate the head
in all areas, but if we don't apply a
Christian worldview, if the heart is not
surrendered to Christ, we're missing
Academic Vice President Dr. Cal
White is responsible in large measure
for the classroom learning offered at
Bryan, but he is very supportive of
the educational process that goes on
outside the classroom, whether in Italy,
in internships around the world, or in
Christian Life Formation (CLF) classes
"We have distinctive programs
such as the origins minor you can't
find anywhere else," Dr. White said.
"Our worldview and CLF classes are
unique. We are looking for a value-
added component in three areas:
academically, spiritually, and socially.
In surveys we do see this by-in-large in
most of our graduates."
Academically, the value of a Bryan
education begins with the quality of
teachers in the classroom.
"Our strong preference is that (new
professors) come with their doctorates
in hand," Dr. White said.
"Of the 18 people I've had a hand
in hiring, 13 came with their Ph.D. or
terminal degrees, and three are in the
process. We need people with degrees
who can communicate well, who can
relate to students."
Spiritually, close attention is paid to
a prospective faculty member's faith.
"We ask them to clearly articulate
their faith in Christ and how that will
have an impact in the classroom,"
Dr. White explained. "People who
apply have a very clear understanding
about what we are. There can't be any
doubt about their faith. That's too big
a risk to hire someone who could be a
misfit spiritually or from a worldview
A professor's Christian faith
becomes a bridge to encourage
students spiritually in cooperation
with, or in addition to, efforts from the
Office of Spiritual Formation.
Dr. White, in fact, credits Matt Benson,
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dean of spiritual formation, with being
a major factor to bring the academic
branch of the college closer in tune
to efforts in the office of student
life. Mr. Benson, on the other hand;
sees the growing relationship as
a natural outgrowth of a correct
understanding that Christ's
redemption extends to every
aspect of a person, intellectually,
emotionally, socially, and physically.
''We want to develop in faculty,
staff, and students an awareness of our
redemptive place in the world," Mr.
Benson said. "Frankly, that is what we
are about as a college.
"At Bryan, it has always been
our desire to embrace not just the
philosophy of truth and the defense of
truth, but rather the God who is truth;
incarnate truth lived out in integrity.
humility, and compassion drawing
those around us to a relationship with
In one of the cross-departmental
efforts that new students experience
first, students take a Christian
Life Formation 101 class "as an
introduction to Bryan and the values
behind it," said Ben Norquist, assistant
director of spiritual formation. "We
want them to anticipate more than
topical mastery at Bryan. They already
At Bryan, it has always hem
our desire to embrace not ju5t
tke pkilosopli)/ of truth and the
defense of truth, hut rather the
God Who 15 truth.
are looking forward to having their
minds on the table for shaping, but
having college affect their hearts, their
values, their character is a new idea
to most. We want them to be open to
a whole-life transformation. That's a
task, because the typical freshman is
anticipating college touching only his
or her mind."
Mr. Benson said in light of the state
of Christendom today, "I'm concerned
with the emphasis on loving God with
our minds. We think we've figured
out how to love God with our hearts,
and now we're taking on our minds.
But I question whether we really know
how to love God in light of our deep
fallenness in all aspects.
"Students today are not asking 'is
it true?' but 'does it work?' 'Is it big
enough?' They see people saying one
thing but see their lives crumbling.
They want to see lives of integrity."
"Lifetime" is a concept that comes
up in discussions about a Bryan
education again and again. Rachel
Welch, a senior communication
studies major who also serves as
president of the Student Government
Association, said the liberal arts
emphasis "encourages us to look
at life as an opportunity to learn,
instead of concentrating on one thing
to prepare for a job."
Mr. Norquist said even the
traditional ministries of Practical
Christian Involvement are being
strategically positioned to encourage
students to cultivate a lifetime of
service and ministry. "PCI is more than
an opportunity to serve others. It is
producing some goads for those of us
who are all too comfortable staying
within the walls of the church. PCI
is cultivating values that propel us
into outward kingdom living for a
Certainly activities and programs
are important in this holistic
approach, but students are engaged
in developing their minds and hearts
in activities as simple as watching a
movie with friends. Miss Welch said.
''When students watch a movie at
open dorm, rarely do they turn it off
and just leave. So many times someone
will comment about the movie based
on what they have learned in class or
something they have been meditating
on. There are good discussions about
things students care about."
A professor's ability to communicate
comfortably with students one-on-one,
not just in a classroom, is critical to this
process as well.
"Most professors seek to make
themselves available to students," Miss
Welch said. "They offer themselves.
You can go into the cafeteria and see
students meeting with professors,
talking about class or other things.
There is not so much an attitude of
'I'm the professor and you digest
what I tell you,' but an invitation for
co-scholarship. That happens a lot,
and it's a critical distinctive for Bryan
This close student-faculty bond is
important for programs such as the
Italy Abroad Semester, where students
travel to Saints Bible Institute in San
Lorenzo, Italy, and take 19 hours of
classes in a modular format. Bryan
professors travel to Italy for a week or
two to teach their classes and spend
time with the students, helping them
deal with life in a foreign setting, in
a culture that knows very little about
But it also is appropriate as faculty
and staff are invited to lead CLF
courses with students throughout the
year, reading and discussing "how
should I live?" Mr. Benson said. "We
are trying to hit people where they
are living, and where they will be
living in 10 years. Our goal is to see 60
years of fruitful living. We have to pay
attention to what Christ is about, what
a relationship with God is about, living
in community, about fruitful living."
Although this is a long-term goal, it
has short-term ramifications.
"The atmosphere at Bryan
encourages a holistic education,"
Miss Welch said. "When I hear Dr.
Livesay share these things I respect
his leadership. That attracts students
who want this experience. We come
here to learn that way, and this
allows us to do that."
As the college grows, the
administration is committed to
maintaining the personal touch
that fosters this type of educational
experience. "This is not just based
on size," Dr. White said. "As we have
gone from 500 to 750 (traditional
students) we have been able to
maintain this, and I think we can do
it at 1,200 as well. The people make
the difference. I think all the Bryan
professors have bought into the idea
that being a Christian and being a
Christian scholar are not separate
things, but are intertwined."
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William Jennings Bryan:
By Jack W. Traylor
The student of American history would be hard pressed
to name anyone who more completely embodied the
identity of a Christian and a statesman than William
Jennings Bryan. There have been outstanding Christian
spokesmen—evangelists, revivalists, and authors, and there
have been statesmen — those who dedicated their lives to
serving America by trying to make it a better place in both
foreign and domestic affairs. But when a search is made
to find someone who combines the two, Bryan would first
come to mind.
When Bryan arrived
in Dayton, Tenn., in
the summer of 1925,
to join the prosecution
of John T. Scopes for
evolution in the public
school contrary to state
law, many considered
Bryan to be the leading
Christian in the nation.
He was considered a
fundamentalist in that
he openly stood for the
fundamental teachings of
the faith — the inerrancy
of Scripture, salvation
by faith in the divine Christ, and the ministry of the Holy
Spirit, among others — at a time when modernists were
attacking one or more of these doctrines. But beyond that,
he also was one of the most highly esteemed political figures
in the country, particularly for one who never rose to the
In looking at his record in all of these public service
endeavors, it is clear that his views and stands were
determined by what he saw as true fidelity to Biblical
The roots of Bryan's Biblical beliefs may be traced back
to his fourteenth year when he attended a revival, accepted
Christ as his Savior, and was baptized. He had attended
church and Sunday school faithfully up to that time, but
he regarded this as the true beginning of his walk with the
Late nineteenth century and early twentieth century
America was a cauldron of competing and contentious
doctrines and ideologies. Darwinism already was making
an impact in the public arena, with Social Darwinists
believing that government should not upset the natural
order and become involved in economic affairs, and Reform
Darwinists viewing government
as the best vehicle to create a more
equitable society. Manifest Destiny
supporters and later Imperialists
believed the U.S should expand its
borders and willingly get involved in
foreign matters, such as supporting the uprising of the
Cubans against Spanish rule in 1898, and by bringing the
former Spanish-held Philippine Islands under American
territorial rule, as was done in the U.S. suppression of the
Philippine Insurrection of 1899-1902. Supporters of laissez-
faire economics backed freedom for wealthy financiers and
industrialists to earn high profits, even at the expense of
downtrodden laborers and hard-pressed farmers. Defenders
of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages were at
odds with prohibitionists who increasingly saw liquor as
the basis for a seemingly mounting tide of corruption and
immorality in America.
In each of these conflicts, Bryan consistently sided
with those he believed Christ would have identified
with — labor and particularly farmers against big business,
anti-imperialism against imperialism, abstinence from the
use of alcohol against the liquor industry. Each of his three
presidential campaigns highlighted one of the first two of
The presidential campaign of 1896 in many ways is the
best known of the three — Bryan also ran for president in
1900 and 1908. But in the first of these — at just 36 years of
age — he electrified the nation, bringing about an almost
revival-level fervency among his supporters and creating
equally intense fear among his opponents at what might
result from his presidency. The hallmarks of his campaign
that year were support for free silver — which would
have expanded the currency and helped debtors, such as
farmers — and the nationalization of the railroad industry,
also in an effort to aid farmers. His opponent. Republican
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William McKinley, won the popular vote only by a few
percentage points, and the turnout of eligible voters in the
election — while not the highest in U.S. history —has not been
surpassed since. Over three-fourths of those who could vote,
cast their ballots in the presidential election of 1896.
In 1900, Bryan ran again against McKinley, but this time
the issue focused more on imperialism. As mentioned, the
U.S. had acquired the Philippines from Spain in the Spanish
American War, but a number of Filipino insurgents, and
a number of Americans including Bryan, did not think
that a country that had begun in a rebellion against foreign
colonial rule, the United States, should reverse roles and
acquire colonies of its own. Again, McKinley prevailed.
But an interesting dimension of Bryan's Christian thought
developed about this time. He increasingly focused on
Christ's Sermon on the Mount as a guide to ideas about
foreign policy. Bryan was becoming more pacifistic in his
Biblical interpretation. He developed a friendship with
Russian Christian pacifist Leo Tolstoy and even traveled to
Russia to visit him at one point.
In the presidential election of 1908, in which Bryan
opposed the Republican William Howard Taft, a dominant
issue was control and regulation of business trusts. Both
agreed in the basic premise, differing more on how it should
After Bryan lost the 1908 election, he soon became
affiliated with the man who would become the next
president, Woodrow Wilson, for whom he served as
secretary of state beginning in 1913. But again Bryan's
increasing distrust of military means to settle foreign policy
disputes dictated his actions, as he resigned his cabinet
position in 1915, believing Wilson was taking a pro-British
stand in the expanding World War. Subsequent events
proved Bryan right.
During the last decade of his life, Bryan devoted much
of his energy to the support of prohibition, which became
national policy in 1919, and to a defense of Biblical creation,
which led him to come to Dayton to participate in the Scopes
Critics of Bryan sometimes point to his seemingly
inconsistent positions on various policy issues. And
while those can be found in his life and the lives of nearly
every public figure, what stands out more clearly is his
consistency in applying Biblical principles as he saw them
to the important issues of his day. From the time he made
his commitment to Christ as Savior at age 14, to his death in
Dayton shortly after the Scopes Trial at age 65, he seems to
have carried this out quite consistently.
For further study:
Cherny, Robert W. A Righteous Cause: The Life of William
Jennings Bryan. Boston: Little Brown, 1985. Sees Bryan as a
nnoral crusader although portrays his support for prohibition
and fundannentalisnn as backward looking.
Clennents, KendrickA. William Jennings Bryan: Missionary
Isolationist Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1982.
Places Bryan's foreign policy ideas within the context of his
Coletta, Paolo E. William Jennings Bryan: Political Puritan,
1915-1925. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969.
Focuses on Bryan's final decade as he cannpaigned for peace,
prohibition, wonnen's suffrage, and creationisnn.
Glad, Paul W. McKinley Bryan, and the People. Philadelphia: J.
B. Lippincott, 1964. Classic study of the 1896 cannpaign by one
of the prennier historians of the era.
Kazin, Michael. A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings
Bryan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Recent study which
ennphasizes synthesis of Bryan's Biblical principles and political
Taylor, Jeff. Where Did the Party Go? William Jennings Bryan,
Hubert Humphrey and the Jeffersonian Legacy. Colunnbia:
University of Missouri Press, 2006. Connects Bryan with the
Jeffersonian foundation of the Dennocratic party
Dr. Jack Traylor is professor of history at Bryan College.
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Two New Vice
Two vice presidents have been
named at Bryan, one to the new posi-
tion of vice president for enrollment
management and one as vice president
Michael Sapienza, who most re-
cently served as
director of enroll-
ment, is the new
vice president for
agement, and W.
is vice president
Dr. Livesay said Mr. Sapienza,
''will be working actively with many
departments on campus, coordinat-
ing a campus-wide effort in attracting
students and maximizing our retention
Mr. Sapienza came to Bryan five
years ago as director of financial aid,
and was named director of admissions
and financial aid before taking the
enrollment management post.
While he will retain responsibilities
in admissions and financial aid, "I will
have a more big-picture focus. Because
of the economy and economic uncer-
tainty, the president and the cabinet felt
this was a good time to examine what
we do and why we do it. The challenge
is for Bryan to take a holistic approach
to how we interact with students.
We want to make sure that at every
touch point we give the best possible
Mr. Sapienza is a graduate of
Franklin Pierce College with a degree
in financial management. He is nearing
completion of a Master's degree in
communication leadership from Spring
Arbor University. He and his wife,
Claudia, live in Evensville, Tenn., with
their children Cammie, 5, and Colin, 2.
Mr. Hudson will lead the advance-
ment department's efforts in fund-rais-
ing, alumni relations, public relations,
and publications. Dr. Livesay said.
Before coming to Bryan, Mr.
Hudson served as vice president for
advancement at Patrick Henry College
in Purcellville, Va., and was director
of development for the Bagley College
of Engineering at the Mississippi State
He is a graduate of Mississippi State
University with a degree in industrial
engineering. He worked as an indus-
trial engineer with the Memphis Light,
Gas and Water Co. before serving as
associate director of fund development
for the Southeast region for Campus
Crusade for Christ.
"Blake brings a strong record in the
development field and shares a passion
for high-quality Christian higher edu-
cation that defines Bryan College," Dr.
Livesay said. "I believe he will provide
leadership in the advancement office
that will help us take critical steps
toward reaching our campus develop-
ment goals as well as enhancing cur-
rent initiatives at the college."
Mr. Hudson said, "I am excited
by the opportunity to join with Dr.
Livesay and others at Bryan College to
achieve the goals of Vision 2020," the
college's long-range development plan.
Mr. Hudson and his wife, Karla, are
the parents of five children.
Eight Bryan students attended the
53rd annual Christian Student Leader-
ship Conference in Washington, D.C,
in January as part of Dr. William Ketch-
ersid's Federal Seminar course.
During their four days in Washing-
ton the week before the presidential
inauguration, students and Dr. Ketch-
ersid attended policy briefings, visited
the Pentagon, and heard presentations
about faith and public life.
• Toured Central Union Mission,
met some of the clients, and
listened to speeches about poverty
from CUM staff.
• Heard a speech from retired Sen.
Dan Coats in the Cannon House
Office Building on how evangeli-
cals can affect national policy.
• Met and asked questions of Presi-
dent Obama's Director of Religious
• Heard presentations on the threat
of nuclear terrorism.
• Visited the Hart Senate Office
Building where they heard Sen.
Sam Brownback speak about the
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need for keeping religious views
in politics, and Senate Chaplain
Rev. Barry Black, who stressed the
importance of diligence and prayer
in public service.
• Toured the Pentagon and visited
the September 11, 2001, memorial.
• Toured the Federal Reserve, where
economist Patrick McCabe talked
about the government bailout of
Student Paper Shows
Writing Center Ideas
Stephen Hill, a sophomore English
major from Lakeland, Fla., recently
became the first Bryan College Aca-
tant to present a
at a regional
who also has
a deep interest in the ancient Greek
language, serves as a Greek tutor in the
center and developed his presentation
from his experience as a consultant.
'Tast semester he took English 420,
advanced composition theory and
pedagogy, the class writing consultants
normally take in their junior or senior
year,'' Mr. Harle said. ''He read an
article on minimalist tutoring, the idea
of creating better writers rather than
better writing, and started applying
that to Greek tutoring, to make better
translators instead of better transla-
Stephen submitted an abstract of
his paper to the Southeastern Writing
Center Association on the use of writ-
ing center pedagogy in ancient lan-
guage tutoring, and "they responded
almost immediately," Mr. Harle said.
"They gave him the second presenta-
tion on the first day of the conference."
"Better Readers, Not Better Transla-
tions: Applying Minimalist Tutoring
to Ancient Languages," the topic of
his paper, was presented in a session
that included papers by students from
Duke University, with discussion
following between presenters, their
supervisors, and the audience.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to see
what other people are doing and
compare it with what we are doing in
our writing center," Stephen said. "My
paper was essentially taking writing
center theory that has been around
about 30 years and used mostly by
younger people in contemporary situ-
ations and applying it to older things
such as Latin and Greek."
Mr. Harle said this kind of experi-
ence is good for undergraduates. "Fd
like to see us doing more of this, giving
our students this kind of exposure."
And Stephen added, "Fd love to do
it again. Fm already thinking about
what I can do."
Day of Prayer Focuses
on 'Taith in Action''
"Faith in Action," theme for chapel
services this semester, resounded
throughout the Day of Prayer Feb. 19,
as the Bryan community was chal-
lenged to respond to genocide going
on in Sudan today.
A special feature of the day was a
showing of the documentary "With
Open Eyes." The film, produced by
Frank Harrison and Robert Walker of
Charlotte, N.C., shows the ravages of
war and the enduring faith of Suda-
nese Christians oppressed by their
Mr. Walker challenged students to
pray for the needs in Sudan, to join the
"SudanCan Campaign" (visit the web
site at sudancan.com) to support relief
efforts and raise awareness to pressure
American intervention in the crisis,
and to ask friends and relatives to get
involved in the same way.
Mr. Harrison said the window for
international intervention is narrowing
as Sudan approaches the time for elec-
tions to be held in 2011. "All the people
I have talked with about the peace
treaty say there will not be an election
in 2011, that a year or so before there
will be war because there is too much
oil in the south for the Khartoum gov-
ernment to allow that region to secede.
"My hope is that young people will
stand up and come up with creative
ways to do something for Sudan."
Dwight Sell, student government
vice president for men's ministry,
said Day of Prayer activities also in-
cluded a 24-hour prayer and scripture
reading marathon the day before, a
sunrise hike, a prayer walk in Dayton
with students praying for the com-
munity, and a worship and prayer
service to conclude the day.
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The Day of Prayer continues a
longstanding tradition for the college
to set aside one day each semester for
students, faculty and staff to pray for
the needs of the college and commu-
Bryan College got a preview of the
Class of 2013 in February, as nearly 150
prospective students gathered for the
annual Presidential Scholars and Music
Performance Scholarship weekend Feb.
6-7, and the Dean's Scholarship compe-
tition Feb. 26-27.
Michael Sapienza, vice president for
enrollment management, said Presi-
dential Scholar candidates interviewed
with faculty members and Music
Performance candidates auditioned for
the nine Presidential Merit scholarships
and one Music Performance scholar-
ship that will be awarded. Dean's
Scholarship candidates interviewed
with faculty committees for the eight to
10 Merit awards to be presented.
A new feature for the Presidential
weekend was a campus activities fair
on Saturday. Twenty-four campus
organizations showcased opportuni-
ties ranging from rugby to Students
Stopping the Trafficking of Persons. 'Tt
was fantastic,'' Mr. Sapienza said. "We
appreciate so much the students giv-
ing up their time on Saturday. It was
a great opportunity for parents and
students to see
what is avail-
able at Bryan."
told the stu-
dents and their families that Bryan "is
an excellent place to attend. Bryan is a
place that effectively balances academic
rigor with authentic Christian values,"
she said. "I can see the discipline I am
studying in the light of the Gospel."
Wins Faculty Kudos
A recent lecture series presentation
has won high praise for its stimulating
effect on students and the partnership
which brought it about.
Dr. Sebastian Vaduva presented the
Decosimo Lecture on Global Busi-
ness at the University of Tennessee-
Chattanooga (UTC) and spoke at Bryan
College in February, addressing the
topic "The Integration of Romania into
the European Union." Dr. Vaduva is
dean of the Griffiths School of Manage-
ment at Emanuel University of Oradea,
Romania and managing partner of
Advanced Solutions, Ltd., a business
consulting and training firm in Oradea.
A UTC business professor called his
lecture "one of the outstanding events
to ever take place on our campus.
Nothing has generated so much con-
versation. The students wrote papers
on the lecture. Without a doubt, these
are the best papers for a lecture I have
ever received. It is obvious that they
not only listened but were inspired by
Dennis Miller, Bryan's executive
director of external relations who
arranged the presentation, said the
lecture series highlights the increasing
interconnectedness between business
people worldwide, as well as the in-
creased trade and commerce interde-
pendence among nations.
"I have been involved in organizing
numerous international educational
projects since 1991," he said. "I realized
early on that American students are
disadvantaged in many ways because
we are geographically separated from
the rest of the world by two oceans. My
idea behind starting this lecture series
was to expose students to a broader
world of business and to help motivate
and energize them to learn even more.
"The Decosimo Lecture Series on
Global Business is a program offered
through the Bryan College Internation-
al Development Center. Through this
series we have been able to offer Bryan
and UTC students the opportunity
to learn from individuals who have a
personal history of outstanding success
in their areas of business or business
127 Receive Diplomas
The location was different, but the
results were the same as 127 gradu-
ates joined the ranks of Bryan College
alumni on Dec. 19.
Bryan's second fall graduation was
moved from campus to Chattanooga's
Tivoli Theatre to accommodate the
approximately 1,400 family and friends
who celebrated with the 13 MBA and
114 Bachelor's degree candidates.
Graduation speaker Dr. David
Banks, a 1990 Bryan graduate and
president of Mpact Concepts, Destiny
Institute, and pastor of The Empow-
erment Church, told graduates, "I
challenge you not to graduate and find
a job, but to find something that can
allow you to live with purpose, passion
and potential. You were created not just
to make a living to but have an impact,
to make a difference."
He encouraged them to remember
the college motto, Christ Above All,
and to keep Christ at the center of their
College President Dr. Stephen D.
Livesay congratulated the graduates
for completing a course of study that
was not easy. He added, "My enduring
prayer for you is that you keep in mind
the mission of the college, to see Jesus
Christ at the very center of your lives.
If you do that, we will have done our
During the ceremony. Dr. Robert
Andrews, dean of graduate and profes-
sional studies, presented the award
for the best Aspire research project to
Jennifer Saunders of Chattanooga. Dr.
David Luther, chairman of the Bryan
faculty, presented the award for the
traditional student with the highest
academic average to Bethel Ragland of
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Men s Soccer
Hay den Lavo
Lyle Gifford Ryon Simon
Carlos Pedro da Silva Daniel O'Kane
2nd Team All-Conference:
3rd Team All-Conference:
w^ » c Appalachian Athletic Conferee
women s oocccr ^"^"l. rnu .
2nd Team All-Conference:
3id Team All-Conference:
AAC All-Conference 1st Team:
Robin Renfroe (third time)
AAC All-Freshman Team:
AAC All-Totimament Team:
American Volleyball Coaches
Association All-Region Team:
Take the Opportunity!
Bryan College will host the second annual William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program fund-raising
dinner Thursday, April 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Convention Center.
Proceeds from the dinner support the William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program, which provides
financial aid to help deserving students from low-income families attend Bryan College. Some 30
students are enrolled at the college this year as a result of assistance through the program.
Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and former speechwriter and
assistant to President George W. Bush, will be the featured speaker.
For more information, for reservations, or to support the William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program, contact
Steve Keck, director of development, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 423-775-7581 or online at
Thank You, William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Table Sponsors (os of March 18):
BB&T Insurance - Huffaker and
Jonathan and Pam Bennett
Paul and Delana Bice
Dale Buchanan & Associates
Rep. Jim Cobb, Sen. Bo Watson,
Sen. Ken Yager
J. Wayne and Diane Cropp
Joseph F. Decosimo
Dan and Linda Dorrill
J.R. Fitch/Wachovia Securities
Ralph and Ruth Green
John and Markie Haynes
Erwin and Lane Latimer
Stephen and Corinne Livesay
Mickey and Martha Park
T. Ramon and Trudy Perdue
Larry and Patty Puckett
Arliss and Mary Etta Roaden
Dave and Betty Ruth Seera
Glenn and Jackie Stophel
C. Barry and Laure Whitney
Jim and Pattie Wolfe
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CLASS GIVING TOTALS
(as ot Wlarch 1)
Bryan's long-awaited new
entrance took a major step
toward reality Feb. 6, as college
and community officials broke ground
for the first phase of the project, and
the Bryan family is anticipating the
Phase II groundbreaking April 17.
President Livesay reminded the
audience in February that the occasion
Iwas a historic day in the life of the
college, giving new impetus to the
dream expressed by William Jennings
Bryan in 1925 that Dayton might have
"di Christian liberal arts college that
puts Christ first. I am pleased to say
that at Bryan College, 'Christ Above
Air is not just words on paper but it is
what we strive to live out every day''
He paid tribute to those who have
labored for the entrance, remembering
former Trustee Don Efird who told
him that "I and others have prayed for
40 years that God would give us a new
State and community leaders taking
part in the celebration included Sen.
Ken Yager, Rep. Jim Cobb, Dayton
Mayor Bob Vincent, and Rhea County
Executive Billy Ray Patton.
Sen. Yager said, "We are beginning
to change the face of Bryan College
by offering the community and the
world a new glimpse of the college
through this entrance. Bryan College
has adhered to the principles of the
founders of putting Christ first while
maintaining commitment to rigorous
academic standards. While the face of
the college is changing, the heart of the
college is not."
Student Government President
Rachel Welch said students are
Dr. Livesay addresses the
crowd at the groundbreaking
excited about the new entrance and
are grateful to those who have made
it possible. Echoing Sen. Yager, she
called Bryan "a great marriage of
academic excellence and authentic
Dr. Livesay said the entrance is
being made possible by the gifts of
alumni and friends of the college,
including faculty and staff who
contribute more than $3,000 monthly
through payroll deductions.
Alumni Director David
Tromanhauser, '80, who has
spearheaded fundraising efforts for
the entrance since he took his position
in 2008, said he is excited about
the way alumni have responded to
calls to support the entrance. "From
competition between classes, from
special class projects to individual
gifts, I have been thrilled with the way
alumni have realized that the new
entrance is going to happen and that it
is the key to more exciting steps at the
college," he said.
On this page is a list of the top 10
gifts by class. "I'm impressed that
the Class of 2008 has already given
or pledged more than $6,300 for this
project," Mr. Tromanhauser said.
"They're fresh out of school and are
way ahead of most other classes."
Classes — or individuals — who
contribute $25,000 to the new entrance
project may have a concrete lion, with
their information on it, mounted in a
tasteful manner along the half-mile
drive from U.S. 27 to campus.
"Karen Warren came to Bryan in
1979, and spent two years here before
she had to leave to pursue her major.
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speech pathology, elsewhere/' Mr.
Tromanhauser said. ''She loved
Bryan, and still does. When she
attended an alumni meeting at the
home of Janet (Ardelean) Schmidt,
'81, in Houston, Texas, she was so
excited by what she heard that on the
way home she called and asked if she
could fund a lion, or at least cover
the balance for the Class of 1981 to
get a lion. She hasn't been back to
campus in many years, but now she's
planning to come for homecoming.
I think she'll enjoy the drive up the
Rather than a lion, the Class of
1974 has accepted the challenge to
raise $35,000 to pay for the brick
gateway that will mark the entrance
close to the highway. Dave Seera,
class president and husband of
Trustee Betty Ruth (Barrows), said
some of his classmates were hesitant
about the "lion thing," but he jumped
at the chance to promote the gateway
"He was going to write a letter
encouraging his classmates to come
back for their 35th reunion," Mr.
Tromanhauser said. "But then he
wanted to include the gateway
funding as part of the letter. Class
members are hard at work to make
sure that part of the entrance is ready
Actually, David Barbour, '81,
has given the gateway a boost by
donating all precast concrete for that
project through his architectural
precast concrete manufacturing
Competition, lions, and projects
are part of the fund-raising efforts;
individual gifts are the bedrock upon
which the project is built.
"We have an alum from the late
'60's who has given $25,000 as a
matching gift, and is considering
another gift in that amount," Mr.
Tromanhauser said. "Individual
gifts, no matter what the size, are
important for two reasons. First,
there are a number of 'finishing
touches' that were not included in the
basic construction plan and funding,
and we would like to see the entrance
finished in all its beautiful details.
"Second, alumni giving is a critical
measure of the health of a college.
I have heard some alums say they
have not given because they have
not been asked. Well, I want you to
know that we need your support for
this new entrance and other projects.
Your gift is a vote of confidence
in the future of Bryan College. It
is so important that when we ask
foundations and major donors to
contribute large amounts, we are able
to tell them that our alumni are on
"The new entrance is a project that
has started Bryan moving toward
the goals of Vision 2020, and we
need your help to accomplish this
To see regular updates on
construction progress, visit the
Bryan web site at www.bryan.edu/
Dr. Livesay introduces
State Sen. Ken Yager.
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Family and friends and a desire to contribute to the
Lord's work made purchasing a Charitable Gift
Annuity a good idea for James and Monica Craig.
Mr. and Mrs. Craig knew about Bryan because of his
work as a high school counselor and through the testimony
of a friend, the late Bonnie Pratt, '5S. ''She recommended
Bryan, and that was one of the reasons we decided on Bryan
for our son," Mr. Craig said.
Dan Craig, '83, came to college and "met his wife at
the Bryan match factory," his father said, and Dan and
Linda (Lambert), '82, "have given us three wonderful
Mr. Craig never attended Bryan, but spent 21 of his 33
years in education as a high school counselor and researched
colleges carefully so he could recommend schools to his
students. His research, the testimony of Miss Pratt, and his
son's experience convinced him Bryan is a good choice.
"We've visited there a few times and were inspired by
the college, and by what I read in Bryan Life. I recommended
Bryan to students who would benefit there," he said.
While he worked in education as a teacher — "I taught
every grade from fifth through 12th" — counselor, and
assistant principal, he also worked Saturdays and summers
as an immigration inspector at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.
After he retired from teaching in 1993, he worked full-
time until 1999, when he recorded his 30th year with the
A bout with prostate cancer led to his decision to retire,
and the immigration service retired his badge. "That is
like a baseball
team retiring a
he explained. "It's
quite an honor."
But retirement did
not diminish his interest in Bryan.
He and Mrs. Craig determined that they wanted to
support the college in a lasting way, so they decided to
purchase a Charitable Gift Annuity.
"We didn't do this for financial gain," he said. "We did
it to help Bryan. It's a good way to save money, get a little
money, and help the Lord's work. Give to the Lord, save a
little, get a little income; what more could we ask for? It's a
Jim Barth, Bryan's director of planned giving, said Mr.
Craig's explanation of the value of a Charitable Gift Annuity
is right on target. "A Charitable Gift Annuity is a great way
to make a lasting contribution to Bryan College while at
the same time locking in investment income at a rate that
is much better than what is available through most other
sources and not having to depend on the ups and downs
of the market. There also can be significant tax savings
from both the purchase of the annuity and on the quarterly
For more information about charitable gift annuities or
other planned giving opportunities, contact Mr. Barth at
email@example.com or call 423-775-7280.
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Mr. Bernie Belisle and Dr. Mel Wilhoit
took a group of 29 students and friends
of the college to London for 10 days after
Christmas on a theater and fine arts tour.
Dr. Paul Doling, Dr. Jud Davis, Dr.
Scott Jones, Dr. Doug Kennard, Dr. Drew
Randle, and Dr. Ken Turner attended the
Evangelical Theological Society meeting
in Providence, R.I., in November. Papers
were presented by Dr. Davis — "Acts 2 and
the Old Testament: The Pentecost Event
in Light of Sinai, Babel, and the Table of
Nations''; Dr. Kennard — 'Tnstances of
Covenant Nomism in Second Temple
Judaisms''; and Dr. Turner — "Moses on
the New Perspective: Does Deuteronomy
Teach Covenant Nomism?"
Mr. Tom Davis was interviewed by
a reporter from the Time magazine web
site about the college's and community's
response to the bicentennial of Charles
Darwin's birthday in February.
Mr. Bill Harle presented a paper,
"Sharpening the Whale Bone of Change:
Transforming Traditional Intellectualism
through Organic Writing Center Practice,"
at the Southeastern Writing Center Asso-
ciation's annual conference in February.
Mrs. Kim Keck successfully defended
her dissertation proposal at Boston Univer-
sity in December. In January, she presented
a paper to the Georgia Music Educators
Association in Savannah, Ga., based on
her dissertation project, "Secondary Music
Teacher Preparation on the Changing Male
Voice: An Examination of Methods and
Materials in the Vocal Track Music Educa-
tion Degree Program of Seven Tennessee
Dr. Doug Kennard received his third
published professional review of his book
Messiah Jesus: Christology in His Day and
Ours (2008) in New Testament Abstracts
52:3(2008): 613. He also has published
a peer-reviewed and requested article:
"Hebrew Metaphysic: Life, Holy, Clean,
Righteousness, and Sacrifice," in Answers
Research Journal 1(2008): 169-196. This
article was requested from parts that made
up two academic papers presented this
Dr. Bill Ketchersid's book review of
Noah A. Trudeau's Southern Storm: Sher-
man's March to the Sea, is scheduled to
appear in the spring edition of the Journal
of Southern History. He and Mr. Tom Davis
were interviewed by a BBC Radio cor-
respondent concerning the Scopes Trial
for the network's coverage of the Charles
Dr. Ray Legg and his wife, Margie
Legg, led a retreat, "Fireproofing your
Marriage," for members of Garrison Bap-
tist Church in Dayton in January. Dr. Legg
also attended a conference, "The Poetics
of Conflict and Reconciliation," at Bridge-
water (Va.) College in October. He read a
paper titled "The Devil's Advocate? The
Vanity of Human Wishes from Solomon to
Dr. Jeff Myers was keynote speaker
for the Association of Christian Schools
International (ACSI) in Chicago; for the
National Catholic Educators Association
Deans Conference in San Francisco; and
for a Passing the Baton program at Dade
Christian School in Miami in February.
In January, he spoke to the K-Life annual
staff retreat in Branson, Mo.; the Young
Emerging Leaders retreat and the ACSI in
Minneapolis, Minn.; and the Educational
Policy Conference for the Constitutional
Coalition in St. Louis, Mo.
Mrs. Tami Tullberg attended the
Tennessee Association of College Stores
conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was
asked to serve another year on the board of
directors. She also published her first book,
geared to young mothers. And Baby Makes
Three. . .and Tour. . .and Tive. . .and Six.
Dr. Ken Turner has published an article:
"The Kindness of God: A Theological Re-
flection on the Meaning of Min, 'Kind,'" in
Genesis Kinds: Creationism and the Origin
of Species. CORE Issues in Creation, no. 5.
He read a paper with the same title at the
Genesis Kinds conference in Hertfordshire,
England, sponsored by the Center for Ori-
gins Research, in February. Also attending
the conference were Dr. Todd Wood, Dr.
Roger Sanders, Mrs. Connie Sanders, and
Miss Stephanie Mace. Dr. Wood presented
a paper titled "Natura Facit Saltum: The
Case for Discontinuity," and Dr. Sanders'
paper was titled "Oceanic Islands and their
plants as a test of post-Flood speciation."
Dr. Mel Wilhoit directed the Bryan
Brass Chorale and the Flute Ensemble in a
program at the Hunter Museum in Chat-
tanooga to open its Christmas season, and
sang with the Chattanooga Opera Cho-
rus in a performance of Pucinni's opera
"Turandot," in November. In December he
played trumpet in the Symphony of Praise
Orchestra for the Christmas concerts at
First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons has been named
director of library services and professor
of information literacy. He comes to Bryan
from Cisco Junior College, Cisco, Texas,
where he served as director of library ser-
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From ''economic stimulus'' to "homo-
sexual marriage," a host of issues
confront Americans, and news media
provide a range of commentary and analy-
sis across the political spectrum.
Missing from that discussion, in the
view of Prof. Kevin Clauson, is a voice
speaking "from a legal, ethical, consti-
tutional, and biblical perspective." That
voice is what he hopes to provide through
the new William Jennings Bryan Center
for Law and Public Policy. New at Bryan
this spring. Dr. Clauson said he hopes the
new center can emulate the contribution
William Jennings Bryan made at the turn
of the 20th century and beyond.
"William Jennings Bryan was one of
the most significant statesmen of his time,
and he lived among giants such as Teddy
Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. He was
an outstanding statesman who believed
what he was doing was applied Christi-
anity. That's what we want to say we are
doing," he explained.
Unlike Mr. Bryan who was a partisan
political figure, the Center for Law and
Public Policy will approach issues in a
non-partisan manner. "What we want to
get out to the public is a Christian view,
a 'worldview view,' not a Republican or
Democratic party or even a conservative or
liberal view (ideologies which are vague
and changeable over time, though their
oldest definitions each had good aspects),
but a thoughtful, logical. Christian view of
an issue. The thing that is hard to establish
in print and speech is being an advocate
for evangelicalism and constitutionalism
instead of any party or candidate. We're
not attaching ourselves to a particular label
or agenda. We will look at these issue by
issue and analyze them from the perspec-
tive of a Christian worldview and the
Prof. Clauson pointed out that Mr.
Bryan "would be an anomaly today. He
probably would not fit with either major
party. He was against imperialism, so he
probably would have opposed the Repub-
licans on the Iraq war, and he would not
have supported the Democrats on issues
such as abortion.
"We want to be an analyst in the same
way, in that we are not trying to fit into
one niche or another. We will say what we
believe based on what we believe is right.
Arguing from a constitutional perspec-
tive, many people will make the assump-
tion that we are conservatives. That is not
necessarily true, though we might end up
on that side on a given issue. Constitution-
alism and the Rule of Law are historically
Christian concepts and practices that hold
governments in check and help to insure
This "third way" offers Bryan College
a way to engage culture without falling
into a partisan pigeonhole. "Evangelicals
used to be independent of parties so they
could be an almost 'prophetic' voice to the
culture. But people like Jerry Falwell saw
problems and saw the Republican party as
the party to deal with."
In ensuing years, the "religious right"
became identified with the Republican par-
ty, losing its ability to speak in a non-par-
tisan manner, even becoming so entangled
with one political party that one might
argue that the national party co-opted it.
By commenting from a biblical and consti-
tutional perspective. Dr. Clauson hopes the
center can critique issues without having
to defend a partisan position.
"We have had so many years of no
(Supreme Court justices) following the
constitution no matter who appointed
them," he said. "There is a whole collection
of decisions handed down which the jus-
tices feel they can't overturn because they
feel that would create chaos or animosity
toward the court. For example, one of the
areas the Supreme Court let Congress and
Presidents get away with things has had to
do with war. There has not been a declara-
tion of war since World War II, but there
have been vague resolutions, and much
Presidential discretion (and a number of
wars, large and small) instead of Congres-
sional deliberation and votes on whether
to go to war or not. I think that is one area
liberals (and a few "old-style" conserva-
tives) agree with us, that we need to hold
Congress and Presidents accountable."
Prof. Clauson has set down a five-point
plan to bring the center into prominence:
• One conference per year with a major
public policy theme such as health care or
• One presentation per year by a signifi-
cant policy maker or expert (not topical).
• A forum for Bryan professors to discuss
an issue in depth.
• A speakers bureau, providing individu-
als able to articulate the center's position
on particular issues. "This means," he said,
"we have to develop our perspectives."
• A "substantive" newsletter addressing
issues rather than events and doing it in
an easy-to-understand style and format
(online and /or in-print).
"A lot of these activities are designed
to appeal not just to the outside world but
to challenge students. I would like to see
mass participation by students, to help
them develop their thinking abilities — and
then maybe go into public service with ap-
For more information about the Center
for Law and Public Policy, visit the center's
web site at http://www.bryan.edu/CLPP.
The Bryan Institute
for Critical Thought and Practice
Mark your calendar now for future
senninars presented by the Bryan
Institute for Critical Thought and
• Sept. 25-26, 2009: Christ and
• March 19-20, 2010: Psychology and
• Fall 2010: The Persecuted Church
Exact titles, speakers, and
schedules for the seminars will be
announced before the events.
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I saw my brother Bill last week. He went to Bryan for a
year - fall of 1980 through spring of 1981. He was lucky
to finish the year. My brother intentionally broke every
rule in the Handbook, or at least tried. He got most of 'em,
for sure. Full of energy and full of himself, he had many
friends on campus.
Today is a different story. Three major back surgeries
have left him permanently disabled. He is facing a total hip
replacement. Personal trials have left him alone. Because of
that, he rarely takes a trip down Memory Lane. Too much
Being the loving older brother, I took him back to his
days here. I threw out the names of Bo Clem, "Sauce,'' Mary
Tucker, Dean Ropp, Jeff Ryan, and more. A smile appeared.
He wanted to know where they were, what they were up to,
that kind of thing. All of a sudden, he was enjoying Memory
Then he said something profound. If you know Bill, he
and "profound" rarely collide in the same sentence. He said,
"David, when I left, I left too soon. I left too quickly. I never
got to say goodbye. I never got closure."
That tugged at my heartstrings. How many of us have
felt that same way? We never got to say goodbye like
we wanted. I never got to tell Jim Soyster how much I
appreciated his example on and off the soccer field. I never
told Doc Spoede, Dr. Traylor, and Dr. Ketchersid how much
I appreciated their approach to teaching. Very different.
but very complementary. I never thanked Coach Reeser
for letting me play soccer, even though I had never played
before. Shoot, I never told Anna Barth how much I admired
her! (Made up for it later — much later!)
Oh, sorry. I forgot to tell you about those friends. David
"Sauce" Salyer is an attorney in Ohio. Mary Tucker Simcic is
married and raising two daughters in Los Gatos, Calif. She
left Bryan and went into nuclear medicine. She married a
man who is an expert in that field. Bo Clem is VP at a bank
in Harlan, Ky He has two daughters, ages 10 and 16. He was
just ordained as a deacon in his church. Jeff Ryan is partner
in a law firm of 25 attorneys in Dallas. He is married to a
wonderful lady and has two children. (Yes, he still loves the
Cowboys!) Dean Ropp married Cherie Watkins, is pastor of
Midway Community Church in the Atlanta area, and has
three children. Still leading by word and deed.
Are you looking for "closure?" I have a better idea. Come
to Homecoming this year, and "un-close" those friendships.
There is no need to close them; just turn the page and go to
the next chapter in your life, bringing your friends with you.
Pull up your reserved seat at the table of fellowship at Bryan
College. From what I hear, this Homecoming is going to be
In His Grace,
UPCOMING ALUMNI MEETINGS
DC, New Jersey, New York
West Palm Beach
For more information go to www.bryan.edu/alumni
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Mark your calendars to
join your classmates in
celebration. You will be
honored with a Golden
Diploma during the —
Bryan College Commencement.
for more information go to www.bryan.edu or
to the online community at bryanaiumni.org.
Reservations are required and we encourage
you to make hotel reservations early.
Eileen and Harold Jones
Shirley and Ted ]<Jin§smith
EILEEN (MELLICK), '51x, and
Harold JONES celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary Aug. 31, 2008.
Eileen and Harold have four children,
and their granddaughter. Heather
Jones, is a sophomore at Bryan this
SHIRLEY (SMILEY), '57, and
Ted KLINGSMITH celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary Dec. 27,
2008, with a reception hosted by their
children in Denver, Colo.
RICK and SUSAN (BENNETT)
BURBY, both '83, live in Westerville,
Ohio. They have two boys. Will, a
sophomore in college, and Ethan, a
fifth grader at Worthington Christian
Elementary School. In spring of 2008,
Will attended Saints Bible Institute in
Italy with 15 Bryan College students
and loved it. Last year Ethan's teacher
was LUCAS GANTZ, '05. KELLY
BURBY, '89, and TRACY (BURBY)
RETTSTATT, '84, also teach there. Rick
owns insurance agencies in Columbus
and Newark, Ohio. Susan is a director
of student services at Worthington
Christian Middle School. Rick has
really enjoyed connecting with old
friends at homecoming and through
Facebook. Worthington Christian
Schools has a few BC alums on staff.
High School principal TOM ANGLEA
'84; middle school PE and former
high school soccer coach CHUCK
GRANT, '76; middle school health and
PE and former high school volleyball
coach MARTHA (ARDELEAN)
WEYG ANDT, '83; pre-school teacher
CARYLEE (GILMER) MEYERS,
'85; assistant baseball coach DOUG
MEYERS, '85; high school math
and former basketball and assistant
volleyball coach KARY (BURBY)
CHERYL BRYANT, '84, and Mario
Giguere were married Oct. 7, 2006, and
announce the birth of their son, Elliot
Joseph, on Sept. 7, 2008. The Giguere
family lives in Brossard, Quebec,
BETH (BRANSON) WOOD, '87,
visited Bryan with her husband, Tim,
and children, Jonathan and Sarah,
after Thanksgiving. They serve in
Mozambique with Africa Inland
Mission and are on home assignment
living in Arlington Heights, 111.
JAMES PROUT, '92, was
promoted to vice president of sales
The giguere family
The MulJjns family
Matthew and Joshua Xress
for MagnaServe Enterprises in 2008.
His company provides a variety of
MRI and CT services to hospitals,
imaging centers and asset management
companies across the U.S. He and
his wife, DENISE (TRUSSLER),
'91, have five children: Hannah, 16;
Sarah, 15; Trenton, 9; Abigail, 7; and
Aedan, 5. Denise is entering her
25th year of coaching high school
gymnastics in Northeast Ohio where
they live. Hannah, Sarah, and Abby are
competitive gymnasts and Trenton and
Aedan are soccer players. The Fronts
live near his brother and sister-in-law,
STEVE and SHELBY (BECKETT)
PROUT, both '94, and see them and
their children, Kirsten and Lydia,
SHONDA (TOMPKINS), '96, and
Jeremy KNOWLTON announce the
birth of their son, Shrade Joseph, on
Nov 27, 2008. Shrade weighed 9 lb.,
13 oz. and was 21 inches long. The
Knowltons live in Tacoma, Wash.,
where Shonda is a stay-at-home mom
after 12 years of teaching, and Jeremy
is employed as a quality control
technician for McFarland Cascade
MELINDA (SNEAD), '98, and Matt
ROWAND announce the birth of their
daughter, Olivia Joy, on Nov. 9, 2007.
Olivia weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz., and was 19
3/4 in long. The Rowand family lives
in Suwanee, Ga., where Melinda works
part-time at North Point Community
Church as an event planner, and
Matt works at SunTrust Bank in the
MATTHEW, '99, and Kristin
GILMAN announce the birth of their
son, Jude Matthew, on Nov 8, 2008.
Jude weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., and was
20 inches long. He joins big brother
Blake Alden, 2 1/2. The Gilmans live
in Richmond, Va., where Matthew is
operations manager at Richclean and
Kristin is a senior financial analyst and
CPA at Ukrop's Super Markets.
MARINA (CRUZ), '99, and Kevin
KRESS announce the birth of their
son, Joshua Andrew, on Oct. 27, 2008.
Joshua weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. He joins
big brother Matthew, 3. The Kress
family lives in Ooltewah, Tenn., where
Kevin continues to work at CIGNA
Healthcare and Marina is a full-time
JOSH, '00, and CHRISTA
(NEELEY), '01, MULLINS announce
the birth of their son, David Robert,
on Dec. 15, 2008. David weighed 7
lbs., 4 oz., and was 21 inches long. The
Mullins family lives in Hixson, Tenn.
MOISES DRUMOND, '01, was
named girls' soccer Coach of the Year
by the Chattanooga Times Free Press in
The Qilman Family
Lindsay and 5rant Taylor
December. Moises, in his eighth year as
coach of the Soddy-Daisy Lady Trojans,
led his team to the state sectionals and
earned an 18-2-1 record. The Lady
Trojans were District 6 and Region
3- AAA champions.
SHANNON (KILGORE), '01, and
Pete GALYON announce the birth of
their son, Memphis Dominic, on April
14, 2008. Shannon is a second grade
teacher at Silverdale Baptist Academy
in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Galyon
family lives in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
SAM, '02, and Stephanie
KOSTRE VA announce the birth of
their second daughter, Gretchen Holly,
on Oct. 24, 2008. Gretchen weighed 8
lbs., 8 oz., and was 21 % inches long.
She joins big sister Hannah, 2. The
Kostrevas live in Monroe, N.C., where
Sam works for Wall Watchers as a
database administrator and research
associate, and Stephanie is a stay-at-
DAVID and ANNA (KELLOG)
HENDERSON, both '02, announce
the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie
Khary on March 31, 2008. Mackenzie
joins big brother Gavin, 2. Also,
David received his Ph.D. degree
in philosophy from Texas A&M
University in August 2008, and
is teaching at Western Carolina
University in Cullowhee, N.C.
KATIE WHITE, '04, and Caleb
Wiles were married Nov. 18, 2006, in
Huntsville, Ala. The couple lives in
Fayetteville, Tenn., where Katie teaches
Spanish and English as a Second
Language while working on a Master's
degree in Spanish at Middle Tennessee
State University. Caleb is a full-time
LINDSAY WOODS, '08, and Grant
Taylor were married Nov. 8, 2008, in
Wacahoota, Fla., near Lindsay's home
of Ocala. Her sisters, current student
Taylor Woods and Delaney Woods,
served as maids of honor. BLAKELEY
(SPENCER) EDGERTON, '07, was
a photographer, and AUDREY
PORTER, '07x, assisted with the
wedding. Grant serves in the U.S. Air
Force and is cross-training from gunner
to pararescue jumper under the Air
Force Special Operations command.
Lindsay teaches at St. John Lutheran
School. They expect to relocate to
Albuquerque, N.M., in May to be
stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base for
the next two years. While there. Grant
will attend medical school and Lindsay
will pursue a Master's degree.
l^atie and Caleb Wiles
ROBERT MCCORMICK, '44x, of
Murphysboro, 111., died in November
i LAUREN HOYT, '51, of Simpson-
ville, S.C, died in March, 2007
EDNA (JACOPS) GARDNER,
'51x, of Fremont, Ohio, died March 28,
FRANK PARKER III, '52x, of
Warsaw, Ind., died June 5, 2008.
FLOYD KELLEY, '64, of Dayton,
Term., died Nov. 17, 2008.
C. EUGENE BROUGHTON, '66,
of Cross ville, Tenn., died June 6, 2008.
DOROTHY MILLER, '68, of Kim-
ball, Mich., died Jan. 10, 2009.
DELANO COCHRAN, '71x, of
Dayton, Tenn., died Feb. 17.
CHARLOTTE JENSEN,'73H, of
Dayton, Tenn., died Aug. 16, 2008.
VIOLET GATHER, 86H, of Day-
ton, Tenn., died Nov 28, 2008.
YVONNE WEST, '03, of Bellevue,
Neb., died Sept. 3, 2008.
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Christ Above All 23 www.bryan.edu
by Lyrle (Cue) Culver '57
My Bryan memories are many and varied and seem
to become more vivid as time passes. Since the
recent home-going of my husband, I have made
a concerted effort to contact former classmates which has
brought back many memories.
My earliest memory upon arriving on campus with my
sister, Sandy, returning for her junior year, were the girls
running screaming past me to greet Sandy. I felt a little left
out, but learned in the years to come that I would become
part of that excitement with the great reunion of friends as
we arrived on campus from all parts of the country.
I almost did not return after that first Christmas break as
I nearly succeeded in failing Old Testament Survey taught
by Dr. Rader. The saying went, ''if you dropped your pencil
in her class you would lose a whole page of notes.'' It was
quite embarrassing later in life as a pastor's wife for over 30
years, to admit that I nearly flunked Bible 101.
I became a Biological Science major and studied under
Dr. Rouch (botany) and Dr. Henning (zoology). Due to a
limited budget and Dr. Henning' s frugality, he would bring
in road kill for us to dissect; from those humble beginnings
grew his museum. We once dissected a dead pregnant cat
with three unborn kittens. I was also his assistant my senior
year and he captured frogs which I had to force-feed bits of
liver to keep them alive until their turn to be dissected. He
was a great teacher and a Godly man.
Miss Rouch, who later became Dr. Woughter, used
her students in her ecology class to help gather facts for
her doctorate. We went into the Smoky Mountains, laid a
recorded all the
ground cover to
mature trees for
several feet on
either side of the
line. I had the greatest fun and learning experiences in those
science classes. We even went spelunking, and disturbed
a mess of bats that tried to beat us back out the opening.
I think we won! Due to Dr. Woughter 's encouragement
and challenge to be a Christian teacher in the public school
system, I taught junior high science in my home town.
Part of Bryan life was the intramural sports. There was
great competition and good fun. In my freshman year, our
class was out to beat the junior class which was extremely
athletic, and of course, my sister was among the best. We
were a challenge to them, but in the end they came out
The most useful and practical education that saw me
through the church-ministry years of my life were the Bible
classes which were required each quarter, the practical
Christian education assignments in the public schools, the
chapels and speakers, spiritual emphasis week, missionary
emphasis week, and the prayer groups that focused on
different fields across the world. These were taught by
Godly men and women who were serious Bible scholars,
and truly cared for the students and their spiritual life.
Thank God for my Bryan education in all areas of my life.
If you have been graduated from Bryan for more
than 50 years and would like to share memories of your
time on the Hill with Bryan Life readers, please write
between 300 and 400 words and send them to Bryan
Life, Bryan College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, TN 37321 or
email to alumni(g)bryan.edu. Please include a current
picture of yourself. While we can't promise to publish
every submission, we will consider all for publication in
future editions of Bryan Life.
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"...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good -"*, f^lP^
works and glorify your Father in heaven. " Matthew 5:16 ..-I-i^^i
James C. Anderson
in memory o\
Dr. John C. Anderson
Jan Green, Beth Lewis,
Mary Miller & Edna Davidson
Jack & Karin Traylor
Emma C. Toliver
Kenneth & Alice Hurley
Richard & Renee Woods
Jack & Karin Traylor
William "Preacher" Gather
Gharles & Theda Thomas
Gharles & Theda Thomas
Gharles & Theda Thomas
Mrs. Louise Madewell
Richard & Donna Gomelius
Ralph & Rebecca Toliver
Donald & Evelyn Freeland
Ted & Alice Mercer
Vivian Ruth (McBride) Walvatne
Jean Sentz Tobelmann
Dr. Irving Jensen
William & Garol Williamson Yeary
Rev. Earl Williamson
R. Wayne Snider
Dr. Beatrice Batson
Ruth Ann Borduin
Mr. William A. Venable III
Rev. & Mrs. W. A. Venable, Jr.
Mrs. Gladys Traylor
Drs. Galvin & Deborah White
Mrs. Gladys Traylor
Scott & Janice Pendergrass
Mrs. Gladys Traylor
Wayne & Phyllis Dixon
Mrs. Gladys Traylor
Dr. & Mrs. John W. R Oliver
Dr. Harold J. Franz
Ted & Alice Mercer
Linda Minter Peterson
Thomas & Mary Frances Garlson
Violet Gather, Gharlotte Jensen
Ann Wildem Morgan
Ralph Toliver, Nannie Reece
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Sullivan, Jr.
Gonstance M. Boeddeker
Linda Minter Peterson
Daniel G. Boeddeker
Dr. Theodore G. Mercer
Alice Mercer, Keith Kiser
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Famsworth, Jr.
Gharlotte Jensen, Violet Gather
Andrew & Nancy Boeddeker
Stephen Goehring, Stephen Parcell
Jack "Fig" Newton
Steve & Vicky Smith
Gharlotte Jensen, Irving L. Jensen
Jack Newton, Ted & Alice Mercer
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